& Promote the expression of the human experience through movement.

CORE Contemporary Dance (originally CORE Dance Collective) was founded in 2007 by Kelli Leighton and a group of dancers who wanted to do more than just “go through the motions” of choreography. CORE stands for “Collection Of Real Experiences”, and by drawing from the pain or triumph of their own life experiences, the dancers give their performances genuine emotional depth. Being a member of the company challenges dancers both physically and emotionally, as they share their most vulnerable moments during the creative process. As human beings, we all feel the struggle of joy and sorrow, success and failure, and love and hate in our daily lives. This struggle constitutes our common bond with the rest of humanity, and the success of CORE results in part from its recognition and celebration of this universal connection that we have with each other.